Registration begins for Rising Stars


Rome Capitol Theatre has opened registration for its youth theatre program, Rising Stars.

The program, which draws students from Rome schools, as well as schools in the surrounding area and home-schooled students, will begin on Saturday, March 31. 

Spring Session will include two performances on the Capitol stage. On June 3 Rising Stars will present the two-act comedy, Fabulous Fantastic Fairy Tales, in which all students will have a speaking part. Students will also participate in a showcase to open the Induction Ceremony for the Rome Arts Hall of Fame on May 6. In addition to the usual Saturday class times, extra rehearsals will be required beginning April 15. 

New and returning students wishing to participate in the program should be registered no later than Wednesday, March 28 unless prior arrangements have been made. Class sizes will be limited to insure each student receives individual attention.  

Tuition for the program is $120 per 10-week session. Four sessions of classes are offered each year.

Performances are included in the Spring and Fall Sessions. Summer and Winter Sessions include class activities and other performance opportunities. Students may register for one or all sessions. Family discounts are available. 

Students can be registered for Rising Stars classes online at, by calling the Capitol Theatre at 315-337-6277, or by stopping by the Capitol office at 220 W. Dominick St. during office hours on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Questions may be emailed to

Private lessons are also offered for all ages, including adults.

In addition to acting technique and theatre skills, Rising Stars focuses on developing each student’s own creativity, building self-confidence, improving reading comprehension and speaking ability, accepting responsibility, and teamwork. 

The skills developed better prepare students to compete for roles in school plays and other stage productions as well as interacting with confidence during pageants, interviews for college or jobs, and in everyday dealings with teachers and peers.  

Classes will be taught by Janet Foote, professional actress, director and producer of Chatham Theatre Company, producers of professional theatre for adults and children for more than 35 years.

Foote also taught Theatre Arts at the high school level and has conducted workshops for BOCES, Girl Scouts, and Staley Jr. High School, as well as Rome Free Academy Career Seminars for the performing arts.

She and husband Rod Foote, also a professional director, actor, and writer who often assists with classes, are inductees in the Rome Arts Hall of Fame.


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